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Wheels turning in Taiwan’s favor

By Huang Tien-lin 黃天麟

In Austria, the 31-year-old conservative Sebastian Kurz won big in the general election, with his People’s Party becoming the largest in Austria.

One thing these far-right parties have in common is a protectionist stance on trade when it comes to China.

Finally, India is also changing course. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been working hard to deliver on his 2014 campaign promise of rejuvenating India, but the idea of the China threat has gradually been eking into mainstream thinking among the Indian elite.

More recently, India has been making a clear shift toward Japan, and in September it announced that Japan was going to build a bullet-train in India.

Relations with the US have also taken a better turn, and in the past few days people have heard of a new “Indo-Pacific” strategy, based on the US-Japan alliance and linking India with Australia as an antidote to China’s “One Belt, One Road” plans for regional domination.

The great wheel of history is not moving in the direction of the “Chinese dream.”

It is moving in the opposite direction, wary and repulsed by that idea.

When US President Donald Trump completes his Asia trip, people will see that the situation is increasingly moving in a direction favorable to Taiwan.

Huang Tien-lin is a national policy adviser.

Translated by Paul Cooper

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